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Ambositra

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... is located in the Eastern region of Madagascar.

The RN7 highway arrives from the Antsirabe area to the north.

The town of Ambositra (pronounced "amboostra") lies around 200km south of the capital Antananarivo and has a population of around 30,000 people. It is a major centre for woodcarvers, with many of the houses having ornate features and with plenty of figures and marquetry on sale on the streets. The town is set across a string of small hills in a broad highland valley, with the old town centre being encircled by a ringroad upon which most of the main hotels can be found.

Most visitors pass straight through the town and there is no recommended accommodation, even the architecturally impressive Grand Hotel d'Ambositra having seen a serious decline.

The area to the south of the town is home to the Zafimaniry people, who are skilled wood-carvers and whose villages are particularly scenic. Out in this rural district Sous Le Soleil de Mada functions as a reasonable base for walks and treks amongst these villages.

The RN7 continues south into the Ranomafana area.
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